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Hearing the Voice of God

tried to control the situation.
(v) Don't Strive to “Help God Out”
e.g. Gen 16:1-3, 11-12 “You shall call his name Ishmael, because the Lord has heard your
affliction. shall be a wild man”
· Consider the problems in the Middle East – the descendants of Ishmael.
· Abraham was 10 years in Canaan waiting for promised child.
· God gave direction but didn't speak about famine (Gen. 12:10) or delay.
· Abraham was 86 when had Ishmael (Gen.16:16) and 100 when had Israel (Gen. 2:5).
· He came up with his own idea to help fulfil God's purpose.
· The consequences of our Ishmaels are painful.
4. What to Do when God Seems Silent
(i) Examine Your Relationship with the Lord (Is.59:1-2)
· Any sin? What did God last say? Doing it?
· Any compromise? God spoke but thought it was only a person
e.g. Acts 27 – Paul
(ii) Strengthen Yourself in the Lord (1 Sam.30:6)
· Pour out your heart, feelings, pain, struggles
· Remember past victories and experiences
· Meditate in the Word of God on His faithfulness
(iii) Seek Wisdom (Eph.5:15)
· When not hearing from God and Bible not clear on the issue : seek wisdom
· Counsel of wise friends (proven track record) (Prov.12 :15)
· Continue to ask God for wisdom (Jam.1:5)
· Set aside time in the presence of God to wait on Him.
(iv) Affirm Your Trust in the Lord (Prov.3:5)
· Don't draw back – constantly affirm your trust in His faithfulness.
· Follow the peace in your heart. (Col.3:15)
(v) Stick with the Plan
· For a time doing the last thing the Lord said.
· Follow through your own plans – don't be passive
· Application
1. What did the Holy Spirit speak to you about today? – what impressed you?
2. What steps will you take to respond to this?
3. Pray for one another.